Fringe Bytes: DC Experimental Choreographer Kelly Bond premieres Elephant

As September’s Philly Fringe creeps ever closer, experimental DC choreographer and performing artist Kelly Bond confirms the Philadelphia premiere of Elephant at FLUXspace. Hailedm as “jarring and insightful” by dance critic, dramaturg and professor, Kathleen Mattingly, on the cultural blog “Widening the I,” Bond’s contemporary performance work generates an intense physical experience for both audience and performer.

After presenting various stages of Elephant’s creation process through Movement Research in New York and at the Festival Particules in Geneva, Bond will share the completed work at FLUXspace, 3000 N. Hope St., on Friday, September 17th at 10pm, and Saturday, September 18th at 5pm and 10pm. Elephant will mark Bond’s second appearance in Philadelphia and will include collaborators and DCbased performers Lillian Cho and Melissa Krodman. In the 2009 festival, Bond presented her solo performance, Splitting the Difference, which was noted by Mattingly to be “the deepest exploration of the performative body that I have seen.”

Through Elephant, Bond extends that performative body beyond the individual to examine the relationship between spectator and performer while addressing the subtle and aggressive qualities, as well as the possibilities, of the group, herd and collective conscious.

Functioning as a collaboratively run organization that, like Elephant, has an interest “in challenging the traditionally passive role of the viewer,” the mission and interests of FLUXspace will blend with those of the artists to examine the “under examined” and to be agents of “unrestricted intellectual and creative inquiry.”

Originally from Mississippi, Kelly Bond is an internationally practicing choreographer and performing artist based in Washington, DC. Her “simultaneously riveting and uncomfortable” work (Ellen Chenoweth/”Widening the I”) has most recently been presented at Movement Research at Judson Church (NY), the Festival Particules at Theatre de l’Usine (CH), and the Fall Fringe (DC).

Bond is currently an artist with Dance/Metro DC’s Forward Five initiative. She was a 2009 Young Emerging Artist of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and an artist with ex.e.r.ce08/6MONTHS1LOCATION at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. She holds an MA in European dance-theatre practice from Laban in London, which she attended as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar. Additionally, she has a BFA in dance performance and choreography and a BA in English from the University of Southern Mississippi.


What: Elephant
Who: Kelly Bond with Lillian Cho and Melissa Krodman
When: Friday, September 17th @ 10pm
Saturday, September 18th @ 5pm & 10pm
Each performance lasts approximately 50 minutes. Doors will open 30-minutes prior to each start time.
Where: FLUXspace, 3000 N. Hope St., Philadelphia, PA 19133
Tickets: $15
For tickets, contact the Festival Box Office at (215) 413-1318 or visit Tickets will also be available at the door.